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Brewed by Charles Wells
Style: Stout
Bedford, England

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RATINGS: 3530   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Available filtered and pasteurised in 500ml bottles and in nitrocans. Also Nitro Keg on Tap
Production moved from Youngs to Wells & Youngs in 2007. Brand acquired solely by Charles Wells in 2011.
Ingredients: Pale ale and crystal malt, chocolate malt, special blend of sugars, Fuggle and Goldings hops, real dark chocolate and chocolate essence.
Chocolate malt and real dark chocolate are combined with Young’s award winning rich, full flavoured dark beer to craft a satisfyingly indulgent, but never overly sweet experience.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beaver (1413) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2004
The Double Chocolate Stout pours an opaque midnight black with a fizzy brown head that quickly dissipated to a collar and completely disappeared before I finished.

The aroma is kind of yeasty initially settling into malts and a big sweet dark chocolate smell with some vanilla notes.

It has a smooth creamy mouthfeel. The taste is dominated by chocolate. There is a slight metallic bitterness, but the sweetness definitely overwhelms it. A little too out of whack on the sweet side...I would have preferred a little more hops for better balance.

Overall, I think this would make a terrific dessert drink. It's probably not something I'd drink a lot of or frequently though.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jables (101) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 24, 2004
Pours pitch black with large dense tan head. Smells of roasted malts and tootsie rolls. Flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, a little alcohol, and chocolate again. The chocolate is not overpowering, but rather a silky smooth character that caresses the tongue and teases of rich chocolate cake. The mouthfeel could be thicker but maybe the slick, smooth feel contributes to the amazing drinkability. Fast becoming one of my favorite beers, I am looking to try this on nitro-tap.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6154) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 23, 2004 Widget can, thanks piscator34 Dark brown with a full off-white foamy head, ultra-sticky. Aroma is very malty with rusty crystal malt tones lifting almond, brown chocolate (nutella?), and vanilla flavours. It's actually unpleasant to me when fresh, but at room temperature, it gets tolerable although definitely not a beer I particularly enjoy. It's very sweet, nutty and with honest chocolate milk peaks, but rather tart and cloying with metallic astringency. Pretty thin bodied although quite creamy and smooth.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2004
Wow, beers like this make me re-evaluate my feelings toward stouts...subtle hop aroma, chocolate malt is quite evident...this stuff is so silky smooth, the chocolate flavour is definitely there. a perfect bitter finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ukoolaid (576) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 19, 2004
On tap. Opaque dark brown or black with off white head. Good lacing. Aroma is of dark tart chocolate. Taste is fairly sweet and chocolaty with a bit of roast. Very nice.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
PetetheMeat (621) - Hove, DENMARK - MAR 18, 2004
Bottled. Dark brown (black) stout with beige coloured head. Somewhat low carbonation. Black currant in the nose. Rich flavour with lots of chocolate (sic), more black currant, hints of coffee and a touch of hops in the finish. Traces of (synthetic) vanilla? Smooth palate. Overall a brilliant rich, full bodied, sweetish smooth stout.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhrankSlovacek (54) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Pours dark brown, almost black with a brown thin head. Smells very tasty. Sweet, chocolate aroma. Creamy, rich, chocolate flavor with a sweet almost hot coco-like aftertaste. If you like beers with a chocolate taste, I highly reccomend this beer. It's really good.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 17, 2004
Dark brown, with an aroma of dark chocolate. Wow...this is really chocolatey. Almost a little too sweet, actually. I'd prefer a little more hop to tone it down a little, but thats a minor complaint. This is one heck of a beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 17, 2004
bottled: dark brown hues with a tan bubbly head that doesnt last long, like me. the smell is of droste cocoa or maybe jaques torres, but in a good way. if you want dessert not desert maybe you should hop on the chocolate train and take it for a ride. probably better in the can, could be a little more creamy for this choc feel. better then i thought it would be, the ladies like it too.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
cstuartj (1017) - Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2004
I think I would have been okay with a single chocolate version. This stout is thick with chocolate and it dominates everything else. Also a little overly bright for my stout tastes. A great beer to try and probably have once in a while but not a regular in my line up.


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